calm
I. noun Etymology: Middle English calme, probably ultimately from Old Spanish calma, from Late Latin cauma heat, from Greek kauma, from kaiein to burn Date: 14th century 1. a. a period or condition of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity of water b. complete absence of wind or presence of wind having a speed no greater than one mile (1.6 kilometers) per hour — see Beaufort scale table 2. a state of tranquillity II. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb to become calm — usually used with down transitive verb to make calm — often used with down III. adjective Date: 14th century 1. marked by calm ; still <
a calm sea
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2. free from agitation, excitement, or disturbance <
a calm manner
>
calmly adverbcalmness noun Synonyms: calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence <
the protests ended, and the streets were calm again
>
. tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure <
the tranquil beauty of a formal garden
>
. serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquillity <
watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening
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. placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency <
remained placid despite the criticism
>
. peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil <
grown peaceful in old age
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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